Věra Hrubá

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameVěra Helena•Hrubá (-Ralston, -Yates, -Alva)
Used nameVěra•Hrubá
Born12 July 1920 in Praha (Prague) (CZE)
Died9 February 2003 in Santa Barbara, California (USA)
NOC Czechoslovakia
Nationality Czechia


Věra Hrubá was the daughter of wealthy Praha parents, and began studying ballet as a child, but soon turned to figure skating. But she was much better known for his post-skating career as a movie star. In 1941, Herbert Yates, the head of Republic Pictures sought an answer to Sonja Henie’s fame with 20th Century-Fox, and signed Hrubá-Ralston to a long-term contract in 1943. She later married Yates. As Vera Ralston, she had her first leading role in 1944 in The Lady and the Monster, and over the next 14 years she appeared in 23 Republic films. She retired from movies in 1958. Hrubá had adopted the stage name Ralston, after seeing it used on a popular breakfast cereal. Věra Hrubá had the following placements at major international figure skating championships - Women: 1936 European Championships (15th); 1937 European Championships (7th).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1936 Winter Olympics Figure Skating (Skating) TCH CZE Věra Hrubá
Singles, Women (Olympic) 17

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